Adele Barlow
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How Do You Start a Business That Changes the World?

(3) Comments | Posted 17 June 2016 | (13:03)

Through Escape the City, I often met high-flying professionals who wanted to ditch their day-to-day routines in order to 'find more meaning' and 'change the world'. I must have talked to at least a thousand millennials who stated the same dream of owning a business that also improved society.

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Why Female Entrepreneurs Are Scared to Lean In

(0) Comments | Posted 18 March 2016 | (15:39)

Chasing corporate success is one thing. When you're chasing the success of your own business, your business often feels like your baby. You nurture it, look after it, prioritise it, feed it, think about it right before you fall asleep. You're meant to be in the one in charge, but...

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Six Entrepreneurs Kicking Enough Ass to Inspire You For All of 2016

(0) Comments | Posted 30 December 2015 | (15:18)

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" These words from Mary Oliver never fail to inspire me. When I think of my favourite responses to that question, the stories behind the following entrepreneurs would top the list:


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What I'd Tell Her Daughter About Heartbreak

(0) Comments | Posted 28 December 2015 | (05:44)

In the still moments of her mini-eyelids fluttering to sleep, it becomes hard to resist wanting to protect this mini-human, just because she's so damn adorable. As I watch the toddler of a close girlfriend drift off, I marvel at how much I can relate to what her mother means:...

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Hope in the Heat: Millennials Weigh in on COP-21

(0) Comments | Posted 8 December 2015 | (22:53)

A friend attending COP-21 made the mammoth conference sound like a glorified science fair. "Each country has a pavilion showing what it does in terms of climate change," he described, adding that "the fact that it just looks like another trade show" didn't sit well in his psyche.


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How to Leave Law and Raise $1.3Million for Your Startup

(0) Comments | Posted 4 November 2015 | (14:39)

Many lawyers dream of starting a business and I met a lot of them while working with Escape the City, which was an early-stage startup itself when I joined. While startups were often seen as the Katy Perry of companies, I knew from experience that they were just...

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When Romance Fades but Love Remains

(0) Comments | Posted 25 August 2015 | (00:01)

Having become worryingly obsessed with The Bachelor, I naturally started Instagram-stalking most of the contestants... mainly my new girl crush Kaitlyn Bristowe:


In a recent pilot episode, she was pitted against Britt, who obviously I then had to...

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You Can Be Here Now, With or Without Wifi

(0) Comments | Posted 17 August 2015 | (07:48)

"Can't you put that away?" I snapped, my voice betraying the 'hey-I'm-just-a-chilled-out-chick' vibe that I was trying to go for. Ah well. We'd known each other long enough that I'm not sure what 'vibe' I would (unsuccessfully) have been 'trying' for anyway.

What I did know is that it...

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Can't We Be Single AND Awesome?

(0) Comments | Posted 28 July 2015 | (12:43)

The first time it happened, I took it as a compliment. A hundred times later, it started to feel a little backhanded.

"How are you single?" A friend asked, with the same 'computer says no' tone usually reserved for questioning Kim Kardashian's fame or Donald Trump's presidential ambitions. I...

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Want to Start a Food Business? Lessons from Oppo's Founders

(0) Comments | Posted 12 February 2015 | (15:23)

It took 25 months of research, three different factories, two specialised food research centres, and four grants from Santander, York University and the British government to fully launch. Yet the Thuillier brothers, Charlie and Harry, are now leading one of the UK's fastest growing healthy food startups.

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Eight Fun Suggestions for Your Global Mini-Escape

(0) Comments | Posted 6 February 2015 | (07:27)

He wanted to leave his job at Lehman Brothers but had no idea where to go next. So he requested a six-month sabbatical to 'think' about it. That was smart.

He then spent six months holed up in his London living room playing video games. After his sabbatical expired,...

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How to Get Sexier if You Hate Your Job

(0) Comments | Posted 16 January 2015 | (16:31)

Over the past few years, I've been on the receiving end of (many) men venting about their quarter life crises at Escape the City events. Maybe because we weren't in a bar and there was a zero-romance element, they felt safer opening up to me. After getting to...

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Three Reasons Why Lawyers Are Miserable

(1) Comments | Posted 24 December 2014 | (07:44)

Were you only going to be a lawyer until you figured out what to 'really' do with your life? This is an adapted excerpt from Leaving Law: How Others Did It & How You Can Too.

"Having to go into work on a Saturday with a raging hangover...

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How Does Failure Help Us Grow?

(0) Comments | Posted 23 September 2014 | (13:57)

"I can tell you... that success doesn't look like an 'A+'. And failure isn't as simple as an 'F'. Failure could be very grey. You might arrive at an event in your life where you think, 'Wow I've succeeded,' and be getting the affirmation from all these outside forces, but...

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What Marque Will You Leave on the World?

(0) Comments | Posted 13 August 2014 | (14:34)

James Espey is the author of "Making Your Marque: 100 Tips to Build Your Personal Brand and Succeed in Business", which you can buy on Amazon here.

I don't know why he reminded me of Colonel Sanders from KFC (with a crisp English accent) but there was...

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How to Be a Useful Woman

(0) Comments | Posted 9 July 2014 | (16:31)

I've always hated women's events. I never really saw the point. So I kind of judged myself for the fact that last night, I wasn't just at one, but also organised the whole shebang. (We hosted 75 aspiring female entrepreneurs at the opening event of Escape the City's...

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An American Entrepreneur in London

(0) Comments | Posted 4 July 2014 | (12:14)

She had no idea that this was going to be the plane ride that changed everything.

Penny Wing had recently quit her job as a statistical analyst in engineering after agreeing to marry the President of the company. On that plane ride from New York to Los Angeles in...

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How Do I Change Careers When I Don't Know Where to Start?

(0) Comments | Posted 5 April 2014 | (00:24)

Adrian was 28, on a good salary, and working with a bank that he knew in his heart he eventually wanted to leave. From Monday to Friday, he felt like his soul was dying, but on Saturday afternoon, he would meet up with an entrepreneurially minded friend in a pub...

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Why Is Running Away to the Beach Not the Solution?

(0) Comments | Posted 16 March 2014 | (00:36)

His surfboard danced with the waves and as I watched him I started remembering how blissfully simple life can be out here in New Zealand - especially when you're in rural pockets like Raglan, a surf town about an hour's drive from Auckland. Here, there's only sunshine and ocean and...

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How Can I Decide Whether I Should Do an MBA?

(0) Comments | Posted 20 February 2014 | (19:25)

I don't know much about investing, but from what I hear, a lot of it seems to be about guessing: accepting that all you've got is an educated guess. I used to not know much about the MBA debate, but after writing a book about...

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